22 Mar '13, 12pm

Building a mobile phone by hand

Building a mobile phone by hand

Back in May 2012 we highlighted the work of David Mellis, a PhD student at MIT who published the circuit, case designs and the source code for a working mobile phone , with a 160x128pixel TFT screen. It was all built using parts worth $150. Well, New Scientist has followed up the original piece, setting one of their reporters the task of following the DIY instructions at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. See Making your own phone is easier than you might think . Lisa Grossman writes: Mellis shows me how to melt the soft metal solder onto the circuit board he designed and how to use the metal to attach resistors and capacitors about the size of a few grains of salt. I'm nervous at first - I've never soldered anything in my life. That makes me a good test subject, Mellis says. 'I'm interested in trying to open up the process to people who haven't really done thi...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/gadget-master/2013...

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